The animosity between the Yahaya Bello led Kogi State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has apparently not abated, as Mr Kingsley ‘Femi Fanwo, Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, said yesterday via his Twitter account, that “Anyone pushing for another lockdown under any guise, doesn’t love this nation. We need no lockdown again. Our economy can’t survive another lockdown. Covid-19 is nothing but an economic machination against the poor to make the rich richer.”
Switch Nigeria had on 31st of May this year, reported how the Kogi State Commissioner for Health alleged that the Federal Medical Centre management were conniving with the NCDC to concoct COVID-19 cases and blackmail the State Government.
The governor of the State had controversially said that an API was developed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, earlier in the year, when he was asked about efforts by the state government to avoid a full blown impact of the pandemic in the state. The API was built to guide indigent people as to how to prevent the spread of the virus, symptoms of the virus, and the contact telephone numbers to use to report any cases that remotely look like the COVID-19.
Governor Bello had declined to declare substantive lockdown in the state, saying that doing so will adversely affect the movement of people and goods between the North and South of the country, Kogi being the most familiar route to both the South Eastern, and Southern parts of the country. He however claimed that the State Task Force was always on ground to respond to any concerns pertaining suspect cases.
The claims by Fanwo may not go down well with the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as the Lagos State Government, as a steep increase in cases of COVID-19 has necessitated calls by health experts for reintroduction of the lockdown, or restrictions on gatherings in places of worship, event centres and malls.